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Marco Island Wedding

Florida weddings are amazing for all sorts of reasons, but if I had to narrow down their awesomeness to just one simple phrase, it would be this: sunshine-filled beach weddings.  Because no one does a toes in the sand affair quite like the Sunshine State, and this beautiful Marco Island affair is the perfect (and I mean perfect) example.  See it all captured by Christina Shields right here.


From Christina Shields Photography… Nicki and Mike’s beach wedding left you asking for a piece of this paradise. The stunning bride in Monique Lhuillier and Groom in a Versace suit, were nothing short of perfection, as they exchanged their vows on the sandy shore of Marco Island. The Bridesmaids wore Jenny Yoo dress from Nordstrom in an opera mauve color.

Nicki and Mike wanted their wedding to intentionally reflect them. There were touches of class, elegance, and romance amongst a casual beach wedding. Their vision was to have all of their closest friends and family celebrate their special day in a laid-back, comfortable style, not to mention enjoy a vacation!

Simple candles, and lighting were provided at the ceremony for an intimate evening watching the sunset.

Photography: Christina Shields Photography | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Marco Island Marriott Resort And Spa | Invitations: Minted | Ceremony Venue: Marco Island Marriott Resort And Spa | Reception Venue: Marco Island Marriott Resort And Spa | Bridesmaid Dresses: Nordstrom | Hair And Makeup: South Beach Hair Of Marco | Lighting: Carrie Darling Events | DJ: DJ Dominick | Grooms Attire: Versace Collection | Groomsmen Attire: Nordstrom | Grooms Gift: Vintage Rolex | Ring Bearer Pillow: Etsy, Whichgoose

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Marco Beach Ocean Resort Wedding from Binary Flips Photograhy

Fairytales and romantic novels?  They have nothing on this darling duo’s big day. Because Cinderella and Snow White may have found their Prince Charmings, but these two sweeties found each other AND a drop-dead gorgeous wedding.  Think beautiful blooms from Just For You Floral Design Studio, a mesmerizing Marco Beach Ocean Resort setting and one seriously stunning moment after another captured by Binaryflips Photography.  See them all right here in the full gallery.


After a two year soul searching adventure that took me not only cross country, but around the world – it was time to return home (somewhat begrudgingly, I admit) to Ohio. Before I gave in and headed back to my hometown, I spent every last dime of the savings I had accrued backpacking through the mountains and glaciers of the stunning-but-desolate country of Iceland. Needless to say, once the trek led me back to my childhood bedroom, I needed to get a job! An old friend helped me land a prestigious engagement as bartender at a historic mansion (previously a speakeasy and a noted ganster hang-out) turned five-star steak house.

It was my first night training and I should have been paying close attention, as I didn’t know the difference between a Mint Julep and a Sidecar, but something else had caught my eye and held my interest. He looked like Clark Kent and he dressed like Jay Gatsby. As he popped a bottle of champagne, laughing jovially, he was full of life – and I, was captivated. Across the high top table sat a beautiful, petite brunette who wore a ponytail, sundress and a noticeably sparkling wedding ring. “Lucky woman,” I thought wistfully. A refreshing thought crossed my mind, “I want to meet a man just like that.”

As fate would have it, I met a man JUST like that. Later the same evening the handsome stranger returned with a friend in tow. This time he took a seat where I couldn’t miss him, at the bar behind which I was working. He ordered a Kettle One martini with bleu cheese olives, but I was so distracted I served him something along the lines of a tequila and tonic (Ew, right?!) but alas, I heard no complaints. After a bit of small talk I believed he was simply playing the role of “wingman” to his cute-but-quiet friend. When he, not the friend, asked for my phone number I finally had to say something. “I’m sorry, but weren’t you just here…with your wife?!” I protested confidently. He replied coolly, with a smirk that seemed to say ‘so you noticed me too, eh?’, “Well, you mean my date for dinner?”… “That, was my mother.”

Blushing, but delighted and quite relieved, I scribbled my name and number on a cocktail napkin…and the rest is history.

He recounts falling in love with my sense of adventure and love of travel. I vividly remember being drawn in by his authenticity and open-mind. We found that we were both captivated by the glamour and rebellion of past eras, especially that of the early 1900’s (which inspired his purchase of my antique 1920’s engagement ring). We also learned that we both had led charmed lives – raised on Midwest farms each with two siblings and adoring, hardworking parents, only ten miles from one another. This love of the luxurious, yet down-to-earth appreciation for life was what ultimately bewitched us both. Three days after we met he told me he was falling in love with me and within the year he asked me to be his wife.

After a four month engagement, we said “I do” in a rooftop garden on Marco Island, with waves of the Gulf crashing behind us. Our intimate celebration included only our immediate family and our bridal party. We kicked our shoes off for photos on the beach, ate dinner on the terrace overlooking the water as the sun set before us, and danced the night away in the lounge surrounded by our best friends and our beloved family. It was the perfect pairing of vintage glamour and relaxed charm from the dripping chandeliers to the weathered lanterns.

In the words of Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca (well, sort of!)…

“Of all the steak joints, in all the towns, in all the world… He walked into mine.” Wilhelm still has the napkin with my phone number jotted in blue ink. He keeps it in the nightstand on his side of the bed.

Photography: BINARYFLIPS PHOTOGRAPHY | Flowers: Just For You Floral Design Studio | Cake: Ella's Cakes | Catering: Sale e Pepe | Makeup: Erin Frame | Hair: Katie Zunick | Beach Resort: Marco Beach Ocean Resort | Music: The Sekond Nature Band

Destination Marco Island Wedding from Justin DeMutiis Photography + Fabulously Chic Weddings

Justin DeMutiis and beautiful weddings go hand in hand like peanut butter and jelly, snowy days and hot cocoa and Colin Firth and Mr. Darcy.  They are just seriously meant-to-be.  So when a Mr. DeMutiis masterpiece comes our way, we are known to throw a little bit of a virtual dance party (as you can imagine).  And today’s darling nuptials?  Well, they are all kinds of crazy amazing with a classic meets contemporary vibe, gorgeous purple hues and a breathtaking beachside setting.  See every last beautiful moment in the full gallery.

And a sweet film from Voila Cinematic to wrap up the day…

From Justin DeMutiis Photography… We’re excited to share this glamorous, fun, beach chic wedding with you! You will see gorgeous contemporary mirrored vases and pedestals, an abundance of fuchsia phalaenopsis orchids and peonies, and fun bubble chandeliers hanging from the market lights. Mirrored vase trios, pearl luster chargers, tables named after the couple’s favorite places elegantly displayed in clear frames, clear chiavari, footed candle holders with floating candles, chandeliers with hanging glass “bubbles,” all white ceremony with mirrored pedestals of various heights framing the altar and displaying orchids, callas and hydrangea, cool down table with Avian misters, fan programs and hand towels, dessert display with ridiculously pretty fruit tarts, petite fours, cupcakes and more!

From the Bride… Our ultimate goal for the wedding was to have a classy and glamorous event, yet personal and fun for all our family and friends. Having this outside at the beach initially gave people the thought of flip flops and sundresses, but starting with our invitations we made sure to evoke the feeling of a chic and romantic weekend wedding event!

We searched for a location on the beach, with a beautiful stretch of land and sunset to end the day. Also important to us was the ease of commuting to the location for our guests. Marco Island, Florida offered the most flexibility for flights from New Jersey and one of the most beautiful beach and sunset locations we saw! Once we decided on the island, the Marriott was a no brainer. The hotel is spectacular; large enough for our party, food to brag about and plenty of pools and beach areas to be together, yet able to enjoy your own private vacation.When we planned our destination wedding, we knew some family would not be able to travel and join us. Unfortunately my grandparents were in that group. As a way to make sure she was with me throughout the entire day, we pinned her cameo on my bouquet. This was a gift from my grandma to my mom, and was my something old and something borrowed for the day, letting me have her with me from the ceremony all the way to the last dance.

Having a destination wedding means leaving behind what we know and love, and having our day in a new place. But by personalizing the table names with our favorite places, we were able to bring a piece of home with us. We even named our sweetheart table the restaurant we had our first date. Being from North Jersey, the food is the focal point of the wedding. Specifically the cocktail hour and desserts. In Florida we realized the dinner was the highlight and loved that. But also in keeping with our home, we made sure to lay out an impressive array of local desserts from one of the best bakeries in Naples. As expected, the desserts were a hit!

We wanted a time to be with all our family and friends where we were not rushed, comfortable yet special, and most of all memorable. By having a weekend event with a Welcome Party on Friday, the wedding on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday we were able to have a real conversation with every guest and still enjoy all the special moments ourselves. The last 15 minutes of the wedding was rained out, canceling our sparkler exit. But everyone continued at the rooftop after party and made sure to create our sparkler tunnel to run through just as we imagined! All the vendors we worked with were outstanding and put together the wedding of our dreams. We couldn’t have asked for anything more and now are left with the most amazing memories to last a lifetime.

Photography: Justin DeMutiis Photography |Venue: Marco Island Marriott Resort and Spa | Planning + Design: Fabulously Chic Weddings | Cinematography: Voila Cinematic |Lighting: Island Events | Floral Design: Libby’s Flowers | Hair + Makeup: Hope Artistry | Linens: Connie Duglin | Chargers + Dessert Stand: Naples Taylor Rental | Bubble Chandeliers: Save on Crafts  | Chairs: Niche Event Rentals | Band: The Headliners | Steel Drum: Steely Pan | Assorted Desserts: Mikkelsen’s Pastry Shop | Cake: Marriott | Stationery: Dana Marino | Wedding Dress: Badgley Mischka by Anne Barge | Sash: Vera Wang with added Swarovski crystals | Shoes: Anne Klein | Bridesmaids: Amsale Violet | Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss | Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse, Vera Wang Tux

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